One Third of Fundies Believe in Global Warming
That number is way higher than I expected. Isn’t it sad that when only one third of fundies believe in something consistent with the vast majority of the data that I consider that to be progress? They’ve trained me to have very low expectations of them.
This particular statistic comes to us from one of the few OneNeuronNow articles not written by Charlie Butts. Titled “Survey: Pastors Divided on Man-Made Global Warming”, it says:
A new survey reveals how pastors feel about alleged “man-made global warming.”
Wow! They used scare quotes and the word “alleged”! They’re the belt-and-suspenders types. I bet they also write things like:
so-called “gay” “marriage”
“American” Barack Hussein Obama
but still manage to write:
The Bible tells us it is the inerrant word of God
without the slightest sense of irony.
Let’s see what the rest of this “fine” example of fundie “journalism” has to say:
The survey, conducted by LifeWay Research, surveyed more than 1,000 randomly selected Protestant pastors who were asked to indicate their level of agreement with the following statement: “I believe global warming is real and man-made.”
LifeWay Research is some sort of fundie crazy-group. I’m kind of surprised that that’s actually a fairly worded statement. Fundie surveys often ask leading questions to get the results they want.
Forty-seven percent agreed strongly or somewhat, while 47 percent disagreed either strongly or somewhat.
That seems really high in the global warming denialism camp, until you look at the data closer:
The results were grouped according to a pastor’s denominational affiliation. Seventy-five percent of pastors in mainline denominations agreed that global warming is real and man-made; however, only 32 percent of pastors in evangelical denominations agreed.
I’m really surprised that they even bothered to ask mainline Protestants what they thought. After all, every fundie knows that mainline Protestants aren’t True Christians™. The real sadness in this data is that 25% of mainline Protestant pastors don’t think global warming is the result of human activity. The 32% of fundie pastors that think it is our fault surprises me. I would have expected a much lower number. Maybe a tiny bit of the real world manages to squeeze into their Jesus-addled brains after all.
Scott McConnell is a spokesperson with LifeWay Research. “Pastors are split right down the middle, which actually mirrors the American population.
See how they’re spinning this? By playing with the data, you can make it say whatever you want. If they can convince their readers that roughly half of Americans don’t believe in global warming, that gives credence to the denialism camp. It’s a case of appeal to the majority, of course. What matters is what the people who have studied the issue think about its validity, not what the uneducated masses think.
The real way to present the data is to say that 32% of reality-blind pastors believe global warming is man made, whereas 75% of the reality-impaired do so.
(This brings up a great idea: The brain-God level. It’s already illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol level is above 0.08% (or lower, depending on your jurisdiction). Likewise, if your brain-God level is above 8%, you shouldn’t be allowed to operate your mouth.)
The survey also found that in mainline denominations, 61 percent of pastors speak about the environment several times a year or more, while only 23 percent of evangelical pastors said they address it that often.
That’s because if Jesus is coming back next month to wipe out everybody named Hussein, you don’t need to worry about silly things like the habitability of the Earth.